Theis issues statement on MCCA assessment increase

LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Lana Theis issued the following statement Wednesday in response to the Michigan Catastrophic Claims Association (MCCA) announcement that its assessment to auto insurance companies will increase by $28 on July 1 from $192 to $220:

“The MCCA announcement regarding the assessment increase to a record-breaking high of $220 per insured vehicle, a nearly 15 percent increase over last year, makes it even more clear how desperately broken and unsustainable our auto insurance system is. Lowering the cost of car insurance rates is my number one priority, and I am fighting alongside the drivers of Michigan to help reduce our rates because this is simply unaffordable for most drivers.

“Michigan drivers already pay the highest auto insurance rates in the nation, and starting July 1 of this year, that price is going to increase even more due to the MCCA assessment increase. Over the last several weeks, we’ve been hearing testimony about Michigan’s no-fault system and the different cost drivers behind our high rates. It has been made abundantly clear that our sky-high auto insurance rates are an issue that impacts all Michiganders, no matter where you live.

“My colleagues and I in the Senate are committed to working together to ensure we lower your rates. I want to know what lower rates would mean for you and your family each month. Share your story at www.IfMiRatesWereLower.com.”

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